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Abuela's Cuban Sandwiches

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Loaded Cuban Sandwiches
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When Abuela's in the kitchen, you know that whatever she's making is going to be fantastic! That's why we're excited about this recipe for Abuela's Cuban Sandwiches; this easy sandwich recipe is filled with all the delicious goodness of a traditional Cuban sandwich, but it's pushed over the top by a little bit of that love that can only come from grandma. 

What You'll Need

  • 4 hoagie rolls, split in half and toasted
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices deli ham
  • 8 dill pickle slices
  • 8 slices deli pork
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese

What to Do

  1. Preheat the broiler; spread 1 tablespoon mustard on each roll. Top one half of each roll evenly with ham, pickles, pork slices, and cheese.
  2. Place open sandwiches on a baking sheet, and broil 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Place top half of roll on cheese and serve warm. 

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I am not an expert nor even know much about Cuban sandwiches at all, so my comment is really just a question. A since closed restaurant, Little Havana, which operated on the street next to mine made what they claimed was a Cuban sandwich and it was awesome. Instead of sliced ham, they used ground ham croquettes. (sp?) The cround ham was shaped to the bread, which was oblong, or like a hogie bun. I know they heated the ham and I don't know if the ham was just heated ground ham or if they had a binding element, but it was super good. The mustard was not Dijon mustard. I don't think it was plain yellow mustard either. In fact it tasted a little like Creole mustard, or mayby yellow mustard and creole mixed. The sandwich was some good but yet, I cannot recall all the ingredients in it. The recipe presented here doesn't sound much like the one I enjoyed. I can't envision it's tasting as good as the one I had. Bon Apetite'.

Sorry but REAL Cuban sandwich does get made on any bread but true Pan Cubano a.k.a. Cuban Bread...! The pork used is marinated in Mojo Criollo, the ham is Espana Jamon & it must have only YELLOW mustard not Dijon mustard...!

I understand that the above recipe is not fully authenticate. Most recipes for Chinese food or pizza recipes are not the same as they would be prepared in China or Italy, either. Most people can not get Pan Cubano, so a hoagie is the closest bread choice that most people can get in their stores. If someone at Mr. Food is reading this, instead of plain ham, using cured deli ham, which would still be convenient to most people using the Mr. Food recipes.

@kozzak1: I'm with you. I also make my own Cuban bread. Its real easy. If I get lazy, Ive found that most Publix bakeries carry Cuban bread, and its pretty decent. But hey, look at the bright side at least they didnt use M-A-Y-O! Sorry but, anyone who puts mayo on their Cubano Mixto needs to go to Confession.

Publix Cuban bread is NOT Pan Cubano!! REAL Pan Cubano is made in Florida in Tampa/Ybor City by Mauricio Faedo Bakery, La Segunda Bakery or some small private bakeries. REAL Cuban sandwiches were invented by Sicilian grocers in Ybor City, Florida back in the mid-1880's for the Cuban cigar workers in the over 200 cigar factories in Ybor City. These tasty sandwiches were made on REAL Pan Cubano (Cuban bread) they contain yellow mustard on the bread, some slices o either Swiss or Provolone cheese, a few dill pickle slices, Cubano Lechonera (Cuban-style roast pork), slices of Serrano Jamon (Spanish ham) hard Genoa salami. No lettuce, no tomato no mayonnaise. In the mid-1890's an enterprising cigar worker realizes that is he wrapped his sandwich in a dampened towel , and put on the the label press which was heated that he could melt the cheese and heat up the sandwich and thus the "heated pressed" Cuban sandwich came into being! This is an abomination to anyone who has eaten a REAL Cuban Sandwch!!!


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